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May Day protests: Gathering at Pershing Square ends quietly

May Day protest in Pershing Square

The Occupy protest at Pershing Square disbanded peacefully late Tuesday night with no action taken by police.

At 10:45 p.m., about a dozen protesters lingered in the park, along with about a dozen legal observers in lime green ball caps. Nearly all of the police were gone.

LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said police had planned to issue a dispersal order when the park officially closed at 10:30 p.m. But so many protesters left on their own that it wasn't necessary, he said.

PHOTOS: May Day protest

After the protesters finished their General Assembly meeting, a large group headed out to nearby bars. Others went home, saying they were tired after a long day of protests around the city.

The Occupy protest and several large immigrant rights protests provoked a large police response earlier in the day. Smith said it was the largest LAPD operation since police evicted the Occupy protesters from their encampment outside City Hall last fall in a massive sweep that involved 1,400 officers and more than 300 arrests.

On Tuesday, police reported that at least 13 people were arrested: 10 demonstrators at Los Angeles International Airport who were protesting working conditions there and three downtown.


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-- Kate Linthicum, Paloma Esquivel and Rosanna Xia

Photo: At the Pershing Square gathering, a man blowing bubbles adds to the festive atmosphere. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times


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